aside Breaking News: Brooklyn Judge Stops Trump’s Immigration Ban

donald-trump-signing-orders1485289256441On Friday, Mr. Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from being able to enter the USA (including even green card holders) under the auspices of national security. On Saturday, Mr. Trump was hit with a class-action lawsuit by the ACLU, which argued that this executive order was unconstitutional.

About an hour ago, Judge Ann Donnelly from the Eastern District of New York (federal court in Brooklyn) agreed with the ACLU, and issued a national injunction staying enforcement of Trump’s unconstitutional order anywhere in the country. Under this injunction, no one can be removed from the United States solely by virtue of President Trump’s Executive Order, and the Government must even provide the ACLU with a list of names of people who have been affected.

President Trump’s unconstitutional move was meant to please his followers despite the fact that there have been no refugees from any of these seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) that have committed an act of terrorism within US borders. But facts like these–real facts, not alternative ones–often don’t seem very significant to the likes of our president, his cronies, and followers.

Thank God for the courts, where facts still matter.  (UPDATE: Adding link:  New York judge grants stay blocking Trump’s immigration order  https://qz.com/…/new-york-judge-grants-stay-blocking-trumps-immigrationorder 1/28/17 

Image result for photos of jfk protestsUPDATE ON 2/3/17, The Hill published the following: “A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary nationwide restraining order Friday stopping President Trump’s executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.”

“Judge James Robart, who was appointed by former President George Bush in 2003, ruled the executive order would be stopped nationwide, effective immediately.”

“The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement after the ruling. “No one is above the law — not even the President.”

“It’s our president’s duty to honor this ruling and I’ll make sure he does,” Ferguson added.”

“The ruling, made at the request of Washington and Minnesota, is the broadest to date against Trump’s executive order.

“Ferguson, a Democrat, filed the lawsuit three days after Trump signed the executive order. The suit argued that the travel ban targets Muslims and violates constitutional rights of immigrants and their families.”

 

17 comments

    • Dear Kim

      I think one of your messages disappeared. The judge’s stay is temporary but it is a start. We need to keep DT busy with court challenges, protests, calling our legislators. blogging and tweeting while keeping focused on his ties to Russia, his conflicts of interest issues and whatever else, he is hiding.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Grr. Stupid WordPress Gremlins! I absolutely agree. I’ve already called our state legislators, which was pretty easy since I live in MA and our reps are all democrats. And while I’m not on Twitter or Facebook right now, I actually just wrote a post asking my followers to bear with me while my blog addresses more of the political upheaval in addition to my usual book related stuff. 💁🏻

  1. Reblogged this on We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident and commented:

    A cheer and toast to the ACLU! When it comes to the constitution, they know their stuff. I read the petition and among their arguments is that Trump is in violation of the Immigration and Naturalization Act which does not allow for discrimination based on country of origin. If Trump is going to ban the entry of non-citizens, he has to ban all and not just citizens of 7 countries.

    • Dear Xena,

      I was so proud of our country today in standing up to DT; defending the US constitution; starting huge protests with little notice; swarms of lawyers heading to airports to assist immigrants, etc.

      Thanks a million for the reblog.
      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Sadly, executive order trumps court ruling… depending upon the administration in power. I totally agree that his orders are unconstitutional, however under the guise of national security/ public safety post 9-11… well we all know how this story ends. This is a total mess with innocent immigrants caught in the crossfire:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-immigration-ban-still-place-despite-court-ruling-says-dhs-n713696

    However, while some media reports present the court ruling as a wholesale victory over Trump’s order, the stay only covers the airport detainees and those currently in transit, and it does not change the ban going forward.

    Clarification:Stay covers the airport detainees and those currently in transit. Doesn’t change ban going forward. Prev unclear tweet deleted
    — Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) January 29, 2017
    In summary, the state of affairs as of this moment is that the executive order is now frozen for the next few days, until the case can be briefed. The court has ruled that no one who is currently being held can be sent back to their country of origin, but it remains unclear if they will be released is unclear.

    Judge Donnelly has ordered the federal government to provide a list of all people currently held in detention. Where the stay falls short is that according to the ACLU’s lawyer, there still can be no new arrivals from countries under the ban, but the ACLU and other organizations are working to file additional suits to roll back other portions of the order.

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    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-28/judge-grants-nationwide-stay-trump-executive-order-partially-blocking-immigration-ba

  3. First the stay, then the announcement that it would be ignored, then Sally Yates stands up to him, and 3 hours later she is fired. This roller coaster ride is … dizzying … nauseating … frightening … I am afraid to ask “what next?” …

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